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Pub history

A family run pub in the heart of Waddesdon

A family-run village pub in the heart of Waddesdon.

As a Coaching Inn, The Lion was built to serve the needs of travellers; offering food, drink and rest. The Webster Family has brought a wealth of experience, a passion for service to ensure that everyone wants to return. The Lion is their home, and they open the doors to visitors from both local and distant communities.

Visit The Lion today and Matt will be preparing wonderful fresh food in the kitchen. Sister Lucy will be managing accommodation bookings and ensuring guests have a lovely stay. Meanwhile, their mother Annette can be found serving drinks at the bar.

Originally, Annette and her late husband Pete managed The Lion, along with nine additional pubs in the area. Pete had gained considerable experience having worked for leading breweries where his work and passion for food, took him to all corners of the world. Working together, they embraced pub life and drew on support from family and friends to make it happen.

Sadly, in 2014 Pete passed away, leaving his son Matt to walk in his footsteps and help his mother to run The Lion. Today, they still work closely to run their family business and welcome guests with a friendly smile.

Meet The Family

Head Chef – Having left Waddesdon School, their son Matt showed flair in the kitchen. His first role was washing up, whilst he completed catering courses at college. He then put his skills to good use, gaining considerable experience in the pub kitchens.

Looking to develop his skills further, Matt was accepted on the 5-star Sensation Ship. This Carnival Cruises training led Matt to becoming the Head Waiter and Chef on the first crew of Queen Mary II. Having cooked in locations around the globe, Matt returned to The Lion.

He is now keen to share his knowledge and experience to develop the skills of catering apprentices.

Reservations Manager – Sister Lucy trained as a bookkeeper and accountant after leaving Waddesdon School. She gained considerable experience in the finance department at M&J Seafoods, before taking on the role of Reservations Manager for accommodation at The Lion.

Owner – Annette is the owner and manager of the Lion. She brings a wealth of knowledge, gained from 30+ years in the pub trade. If you’re lucky you will see her behind the bar pouring pints for the locals and guests alike.


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